Apr 17, 2016

~ antiques garden and design show 2016


I hadn't planned on going to the Chicago Antique Show this year. I knew I would be in Chicago the weekend prior for Hillary's birthday, and thought two weekends in a row was a bit much. Turns out two weekends in a row totally rocks! I flew in with a friend on Friday morning and we were at the show by 10:30am with bells on our toes..

Join me on this tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden for the Antiques Garden and Design Show 2016...


I remembered from years past the sign out front showcasing the flowers that can be seen in the gardens...

And the walk over the bridge with the flowers overhead...


What a beautiful walk to the antiques! It could not have been a prettier day, and everyone seemed delighted with the uncommon gorgeous weather for this time of year in Chicago.

   
Inside, the floral decor was outstanding. 
Wait until you see the blue hydrangeas later...

And of course, the antiques were wonderful... 
Jayne Thompson Antiques

 
Garden Stone Art & Antiques

Beautiful floral displays!

Absolutely loved the "Top Picks" blue ribbons awarded to favorite finds by the speakers. Martyn Lawrence Bullard  gave this stunning collection his stamp of approval... It was great to see him again. He remembered us from Omaha and gave us a big hug! So dapper and charming!

Dinan & Chighine



More floral gorgeousness... 


Lynda Willauer Antiques




More and More = Topiary Heaven








Chicago always has the most spectacular displays... 

This one was a real showstopper!  




Lee's Antiques


 
Poverty Hollow


What a charming booth!
Julie Harris


I just loved the clean crisp look of this booth... I first saw this booth at the Nantucket show, and what a fun collection for a Nantucket home! Love the red and blue..


And now, the blue hydrangeas...

I thought this display was over the top gorgeous... 



 

We took a break for lunch and the floral explosion continued in the cafe!


 


Loved seeing my good old friend, Trace Mayer and his bees :)


And what a treat to see Laurie Kay's art work featured as a top pick by Timothy Whealon! After seeing his lecture, I was not surprised. He loves using photography in his design projects. My traveling friend and I each have her photography in our homes, and admire her as an artist. Laurie is a good friend and has inspired past posts: here and here.

South Greenhouse 




And back to Krehbiel Gallery before going outside. The skylight overhead offers different lighting throughout the day... 


Postcard-worthy, right? 
 
Loved this display in the Garden Gallery tent...




A walk through the garden on our way out... 



























What a productive day! I think I'm getting good at this! The nice weather made it so easy and enjoyable. I realize the show is indoors for the most part, but keep in mind, I've been to this show in frigid temps with snow, and also flooding! To say sunny and 65 degrees was a welcome change would be an understatement. The show was manageable and delightful. Martyn Lawrence Bullard was charismatic and magnetic as always, and Timothy Whealon was inspiring and fetching. Just a perfect day I tell you. 

Hope you enjoyed the show along with me :)



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5 comments:

David & Dianne said...

Totally enjoyed the show with you. What a beautiful setting and all the art and antiques I loved seeing. Who knew there were Palm trees in Chicago! All of the flowers were breathtaking. Thank you for taking all of these awesome photos and making it possible for all of your followers to enjoy also. And, glad to see a new post, I was about sick of the last one--lol.

Rebecca said...

Oh, my! So happy for you, all the show participants and planners, and the entire city of Chicago! What a FINE day. And YOU took a truckload of photos! Thank you! It was second-best-to-being-there!

Maurie said...

Many thanks for making the effort to go to Chicago two weekends in a row. We were the recipients of all the gorgeous displays of creative genius! I'm with you in loving the blue hydrangeas. I especially loved the use of terra-cotta pots!

Betsy Duggan said...

Thank YOU Jan ! A Instagram friend and I were lamenting we couldn't go this year and wanted the other to report back and Now I can forward her your blog :)

One of these Days your in Chicago we must meet for a coke XOXO

Karena Albert said...

How dreamy Jan! The setting, the fabulous flowers and the works of art! I look forward to going to Chicago soon!

xoxo
Karena
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